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Black Tot - Avery Brewing Company

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161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 21.61%
Wants: 42
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.08% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Oxymoron on 09-10-2009)
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter on 5/17/10

Bottled Jan 13 2010

Pours a dark crimson brown; settles black. One finger of hot chocolate-colored head is reduced, after a few moments, to a small patch of bubbles that doesn't even cover the surface of the beer. Ok lacing so far. Swirling revives a thin layer of foam. Splotchy lacing by the end.

The nose is decidedly oatmeal stout: smooth swaths of oats, roasted dark malts & sugars. Seems to have a spot of licorice & caramel. Hints of dark chocolate. Overtones of oak are apparent but the rum, while appreciable, isn't exactly bold. Undercurrents of doughy yeast; meh. At times something smells tart; possibly an infected bottle? It certainly doesn't smell like a 10.08% beer.

I'm thinking infection city - there are definitely some seemingly out-of-place tart & sour flavors that are at the foreground. Beyond that, the stout portion of the beer seems decent, if a bit timid compared to the sourness. Oak, chocolate & dark malts in a similar fashion to the nose. Earthy notes of wood. Seems like it could have been rather sweet. The tartness likely has offset said sweetness. I'll give it credit for that. Conversely, I think the rum notes really suffer from all that tart & sour jazz.

Full bodied with reasonable carbonation. Fairly dense & chewy, though the infection suggests the beer is more likely that it really is. Sourness & dark malts linger on the finish. Again, 10.08% abv; where is the alcohol heat? It's very well-hidden. It isn't until the last third of the glass that I get even a slight numbing sensation on the tongue.

While the tart & sour flavors seem way out of place, they didn't bother me too much. For instance, I like Bell's Cherry Stout which is tart, so I don't mind that quality in a stout. That said, for a beer of such described depth & complexity (based on the bottle's description), it's disappointing to find it infected. Ah well...

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 00:31:25 | More by Ryan011235
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I've heard rumblings about infection, but I decided to pull the trigger anyway. This stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by a half-finger of tan foam. The nose comprises tart black cherry and galvanized steel surrounded by a sea of roasted malts, chocolate syrup, and boozy molasses. The taste leads with the black cherry and a hint of the metal and sticks with this formula for the duration. It's a true shame, especially since I can taste the real desired result beneath: there's roast, chocolate, molasses, and a boozy caramel-ness, the makings of a truly delicious rum-barreled stout. Unfortunately that glimpse I get is rather fleeting, as the infection races toward my tastebuds like rage zombies. The body is a light hefty, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a chewy feel. Overall, what could have been exceptional was marred by the infection. Worse, the infection didn't make a tasty sour stout. Just a mess. Oh well, worth a shot...

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Black Tot from Avery Brewing Company
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